18 May 2014

Colourful 30Ts

In early 1968 Dubbo loco depot staff apparently took to their yard shunters with imagination and a nod to history.  The following two photographs record their efforts, some months after they occurred.  

Perhaps the most garish livery ever to be applied to a NSW steam locomotive in revenue service was that applied to 3144T.  Here it is in Dubbo yard, much faded, some time later that year.  The slide quality doesn't help, but you get the idea of the the inventive highlighting of the painters.

In a marginally less deteriorated slide, 3144T's stablemate, 3028T, was snapped on the same day.

Two very fine looking elderly ladies!

News that a HO scale 30T may soon hit the shelves of hobby shops has caused me to think of the possibilities of recreating the following scenes. Not by me of course - I am far too poor, but hopefully someone can...


  1. As the majority shareholder in the Shrike Models, C30T project. You should be able to afford at least one. Pre arrival price is $420 and with the delay in the bogie tender version that will be at least November. the 6 Wheel version is due in late August/.Early September. So save up mate. They will be available unnumbered so you or others can do whatever scheme you want, pin striping etc. Love the blog too.
    Geoff Hope . VP HMRS etc etc.

    1. Geoff, I am saving hard! Need a couple of 30Ts to work out to Troy Junction and beyond. Thanks for taking a punt on us ever fickle HO modellers! DOn